Father documented his children’s growth in heartwarming photographs

Photographer Alain Laboile captured his children’s formative years in photography.


These heartwarming black-and-white photos by French photographer, Alain Laboile, captures the exploits of six siblings in his series, La Famille. The collection represents a sense of youthful freedom “at the edge of the world” in rural France.

Laboile is a sculptor by trade. He initially bought a small digital camera in 2004 to photograph his work but later on became interested in macro photography. His newfound love for photography saw him documenting the children who were his first subjects: Four girls — Olyana, now 16; Luna, 14; Dune, 5; and Nil, 4 — and two boys — Merlin, 12, and Eliott, 18, a student who now lives in Bordeaux.

“Through my photographic work I celebrate and document my family life : a life on the edge of the world, where intemporality and the universality of childhood meet.”

– French photographer, Alain Laboile

Most of the viewers are drawn to the nostalgic quality of his work. “That’s a sweet reminder of youthful delight,” one commenter wrote on a photo posted to Flickr last week.

“In a way my approach can be considered similar to the one of an ethnologist. Though my work is deeply personal, it is also accessible, addressing human nature and allowing the viewer to enter my world and reflect on their own childhood.”

– French photographer, Alain Laboile

According to NY Times, Laboile was born in Gironde, in the south-west of France, in 1968 and has lived there since then. He likes to think of the stream that borders his family’s property as a boundary between their realm and the world everyone else inhabits. “The stream on the edge of the world,” he said.

See more of his work on Flickr.

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